Thursday, May 1, 2014

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Nails the Relationship Between Donald Sterling and His Ex(?) Girlfriend

In an otherwise generally absurd op-ed in Time, where Kareem Abdul-Jabbar writes:
 In our quest for social justice, we shouldn’t lose sight that racism is the true enemy...Instead of being content to punish Sterling and go back to sleep, we need to be inspired to vigilantly seek out, expose, and eliminate racism at its first signs.
(And this comes from a guy who indicates in the same op-ed that he knows the tape wasn't about racism:
I hope the Clippers realize that the ramblings of an 80-year-old man jealous of his young girlfriend don’t define who they are as individual players or as a team.)
Jabbar does nail the manipulation of Sterling by V. Stiviano when he writes (although it is difficult to understand how Jabbar equates Sterling to Sambo):
[T]he poor guy’s girlfriend (undoubtedly ex-girlfriend now) is on tape cajoling him into revealing his racism. Man, what a winding road she led him down to get all of that out. She was like a sexy nanny playing “pin the fried chicken on the Sambo.” She blindfolded him and spun him around until he was just blathering all sorts of incoherent racist sound bites that had the news media peeing themselves with glee.


  1. Interesting to see who gets the team, based on recorded phone conversations-- a conspiracy.

  2. He's not equating Sterling to Sambo - he's saying Stiviano made Sterling play "pin the fried chicken on the Sambo", i.e. pin the tail on the donkey. Meaning, keep trying to steer conversation until he happens to say something construed as racist.

  3. It's painfully obvious that Mr. Sterling was manipulated. I have my suspicions that there could be far far more to this than immediately meets the eye. It makes you wonder, do the NBA owners assc. want to get rid of Mr. Sterling and replace him with a good old chum like Magic? I wonder if Magic had been sleeping well at night.